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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345775/quantification-of-the-position-and-depth-of-the-flexor-hallucis-longus-groove-in-euarchontans-with-implications-for-the-evolution-of-primate-positional-behavior
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Gabriel S Yapuncich, Erik R Seiffert, Doug M Boyer
OBJECTIVE: On the talus, the position and depth of the groove for the flexor hallucis longus tendon have been used to infer phylogenetic affinities and positional behaviors of fossil primates. This study quantifies aspects of the flexor hallucis longus groove (FHLG) to test if: (1) a lateral FHLG is a derived strepsirrhine feature, (2) a lateral FHLG reflects inverted and abducted foot postures, and (3) a deeper FHLG indicates a larger muscle. METHODS: We used linear measurements of microCT-generated models from a sample of euarchontans (n = 378 specimens, 125 species) to quantify FHLG position and depth...
March 27, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330740/estimating-body-size-in-early-primates-the-case-of-archicebus-and-teilhardina
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Marian Dagosto, Daniel Gebo, Xijun Ni, Thierry Smith
Obtaining accurate estimations of the body mass of fossil primates has always been a subject of interest in paleoanthropology because mass is an important determinant for so many other aspects of biology, ecology, and life history. This paper focuses on the issues involved in attempting to reconstruct the mass of two early Eocene haplorhine primates, Teilhardina and Archicebus, which pose particular problems due to their small size and temporal and phylogenetic distance from extant primates. In addition to a ranking of variables from more to less useful, the effect of using models of varying taxonomic and size compositions is examined...
March 19, 2017: Journal of Human Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324014/variation-in-the-insulin-like-growth-factor-1-gene-in-primates
#3
Peter Rotwein
Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) is a multifunctional peptide that is involved in a wide range of physiological and patho-physiological processes in many animal species, ranging from somatic growth in children to metabolism, and tissue regeneration and repair in adults. The IGF1 gene is under multifactorial regulation in the few species in which it has been studied, with major control being exerted by growth hormone (GH) through a gene expression pathway involving inducible binding of the STAT5b transcription factor to dispersed enhancer elements...
January 18, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295350/anatomy-histology-and-ultrasonography-of-the-normal-adrenal-gland-in-brown-lemur-eulemur-fulvus
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Fidiniaina Raharison, Nathalie Bourges Abella, Jean Sautet, Alexandra Deviers, Giovanni Mogicato
BACKGROUND: The medical care currently to brown lemurs (Eulemur fulvus) is limited by a lack of knowledge of their anatomy. The aim of this study was to describe the anatomy and histology and obtain ultrasonographic measurements of normal adrenal glands in these animals. METHODS: The adrenal glands of four lemurs cadavers were used for the anatomical and histological studies, and those of 15 anesthetized lemurs were examined by ultrasonography. RESULTS: Anatomically, the adrenal glands of brown lemurs are comparable to those of other species...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Medical Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294115/phosphorylation-of-rab-coupling-protein-by-lmtk3-controls-rab14-dependent-epha2-trafficking-to-promote-cell-cell-repulsion
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Christine Gundry, Sergi Marco, Elena Rainero, Bryan Miller, Emmanuel Dornier, Louise Mitchell, Patrick T Caswell, Andrew D Campbell, Anna Hogeweg, Owen J Sansom, Jennifer P Morton, Jim C Norman
The Rab GTPase effector, Rab-coupling protein (RCP) is known to promote invasive behaviour in vitro by controlling integrin and receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) trafficking, but how RCP influences metastasis in vivo is unclear. Here we identify an RTK of the Eph family, EphA2, to be a cargo of an RCP-regulated endocytic pathway which controls cell:cell repulsion and metastasis in vivo. Phosphorylation of RCP at Ser(435) by Lemur tyrosine kinase-3 (LMTK3) and of EphA2 at Ser(897) by Akt are both necessary to promote Rab14-dependent (and Rab11-independent) trafficking of EphA2 which generates cell:cell repulsion events that drive tumour cells apart...
March 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280597/testing-the-adaptive-radiation-hypothesis-for-the-lemurs-of-madagascar
#6
James P Herrera
Lemurs, the diverse, endemic primates of Madagascar, are thought to represent a classic example of adaptive radiation. Based on the most complete phylogeny of living and extinct lemurs yet assembled, I tested predictions of adaptive radiation theory by estimating rates of speciation, extinction and adaptive phenotypic evolution. As predicted, lemur speciation rate exceeded that of their sister clade by nearly twofold, indicating the diversification dynamics of lemurs and mainland relatives may have been decoupled...
January 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275167/novel-opsin-gene-variation-in-large-bodied-diurnal-lemurs
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Rachel L Jacobs, Tammie S MacFie, Amanda N Spriggs, Andrea L Baden, Toni Lyn Morelli, Mitchell T Irwin, Richard R Lawler, Jennifer Pastorini, Mireya Mayor, Runhua Lei, Ryan Culligan, Melissa T R Hawkins, Peter M Kappeler, Patricia C Wright, Edward E Louis, Nicholas I Mundy, Brenda J Bradley
Some primate populations include both trichromatic and dichromatic (red-green colour blind) individuals due to allelic variation at the X-linked opsin locus. This polymorphic trichromacy is well described in day-active New World monkeys. Less is known about colour vision in Malagasy lemurs, but, unlike New World monkeys, only some day-active lemurs are polymorphic, while others are dichromatic. The evolutionary pressures underlying these differences in lemurs are unknown, but aspects of species ecology, including variation in activity pattern, are hypothesized to play a role...
March 2017: Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260706/synthetic-smooth-muscle-in-the-outer-blood-plexus-of-the-rhinarium-skin-of-lemur-catta-l
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Rolf Elofsson, Ronald H H Kröger
The skin of the lemur nose tip (rhinarium) has arterioles in the outer vascular plexus that are endowed with an unusual coat of smooth muscle cells. Comparison with the arterioles of the same area in a number of unrelated mammalians shows that the lemur pattern is unique. The vascular smooth muscle cells belong to the synthetic type. The function of synthetic smooth muscles around the terminal vessels in the lemur rhinarium is unclear but may have additional functions beyond regulation of vessel diameter.
2017: Journal of Smooth Muscle Research, Nihon Heikatsukin Gakkai Kikanshi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260052/lmtk3-knockdown-retards-cell-growth-and-invasion-and-promotes-apoptosis-in-thyroid-cancer
#9
Lu Lu, Xueli Yuan, Qiang Zhang, Hong Zhang, Baozhong Shen
Lemur tyrosine kinase-3 (LMTK3) is a member of the serine/threonine tyrosine kinase family, which is thought to be involved in tumor progression and prognosis. The purpose of the present study was to determine the diagnostic significance and therapeutic targets in thyroid cancer. ELISA assay was used to detect the protein expression of serum LMTK3. Immunohistochemistry and reverse transcription‑quantitative polymerase chain reaction were employed to measure the expression of LMTK3. Flow cytometry was used to determine the cell cycle...
April 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257553/activity-patterns-in-seven-captive-lemur-species-evidence-of-cathemerality-in-varecia-and-lemur-catta
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Joel Bray, David R Samson, Charles L Nunn
Cathemerality, or activity throughout the 24-hr cycle, is rare in primates yet relatively common among lemurs. However, the diverse ecological conditions under which cathemerality is expressed complicates attempts to identify species-typical behavior. For example, Lemur catta and Varecia have historically been described as diurnal, yet recent studies suggest that they might exhibit cathemeral behavior under some conditions. To investigate this variation, we monitored activity patterns among lemurs that are exposed to similar captive environments...
March 3, 2017: American Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225021/characterisation-of-urinary-wfdc12-in-small-nocturnal-basal-primates-mouse-lemurs-microcebus-spp
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Jennifer Unsworth, Grace M Loxley, Amanda Davidson, Jane L Hurst, Guadalupe Gómez-Baena, Nicholas I Mundy, Robert J Beynon, Elke Zimmermann, Ute Radespiel
Mouse lemurs are basal primates that rely on chemo- and acoustic signalling for social interactions in their dispersed social systems. We examined the urinary protein content of two mouse lemurs species, within and outside the breeding season, to assess candidates used in species discrimination, reproductive or competitive communication. Urine from Microcebus murinus and Microcebus lehilahytsara contain a predominant 10 kDa protein, expressed in both species by some, but not all, males during the breeding season, but at very low levels by females...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185282/impacts-of-habitat-loss-and-fragmentation-on-the-activity-budget-ranging-ecology-and-habitat-use-of-bale-monkeys-chlorocebus-djamdjamensis-in-the-southern-ethiopian-highlands
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Addisu Mekonnen, Peter J Fashing, Afework Bekele, R Adriana Hernandez-Aguilar, Eli K Rueness, Nga Nguyen, Nils Chr Stenseth
Understanding the extent to which primates in forest fragments can adjust behaviorally and ecologically to changes caused by deforestation is essential to designing conservation management plans. During a 12-month period, we studied the effects of habitat loss and degradation on the Ethiopian endemic, bamboo specialist, Bale monkey (Chlorocebus djamdjamensis) by comparing its habitat quality, activity budget, ranging ecology and habitat use in continuous forest and two fragments. We found that habitat loss and fragmentation resulted in major differences in vegetation composition and structure between forest types...
February 9, 2017: American Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180967/the-evolution-of-the-natural-killer-complex-a-comparison-between-mammals-using-new-high-quality-genome-assemblies-and-targeted-annotation
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John C Schwartz, Mark S Gibson, Dorothea Heimeier, Sergey Koren, Adam M Phillippy, Derek M Bickhart, Timothy P L Smith, Juan F Medrano, John A Hammond
Natural killer (NK) cells are a diverse population of lymphocytes with a range of biological roles including essential immune functions. NK cell diversity is in part created by the differential expression of cell surface receptors which modulate activation and function, including multiple subfamilies of C-type lectin receptors encoded within the NK complex (NKC). Little is known about the gene content of the NKC beyond rodent and primate lineages, other than it appears to be extremely variable between mammalian groups...
February 9, 2017: Immunogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173059/phylogenomic-reconstruction-of-sportive-lemurs-genus-lepilemur-recovered-from-mitogenomes-with-inferences-for-madagascar-biogeography
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Runhua Lei, Cynthia L Frasier, Melissa T R Hawkins, Shannon E Engberg, Carolyn A Bailey, Steig E Johnson, Adam T McLain, Colin P Groves, George H Perry, Stephen D Nash, Russell A Mittermeier, Edward E Louis
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 1, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161098/peracute-bacterial-meningitis-due-to-infection-with-klebsiella-pneumoniae-in-captive-bred-ruffed-lemurs-varecia-variegate
#15
E Sasaki, T Tokiwa, K Tsugo, Y Higashi, H Hori, Y Une
We describe the development of neurological signs in four juvenile black-and-white ruffed lemurs (Varecia variegate), housed at a petting zoo in Japan. The clinical course was severe, with three lemurs dying within 1 day of the appearance of clinical signs. The other lemur was treated and survived. Pathological analyses demonstrated meningitis and the presence of gram-negative bacilli in the cerebrum, cerebellum, palatine tonsil and liver. Klebsiella pneumoniae was isolated from the brain of all of the dead lemurs...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Comparative Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109265/population-genetics-of-mouse-lemur-vomeronasal-receptors-current-versus-past-selection-and-demographic-inference
#16
Philipp Hohenbrink, Nicholas I Mundy, Ute Radespiel
BACKGROUND: A major effort is underway to use population genetic approaches to identify loci involved in adaptation. One issue that has so far received limited attention is whether loci that show a phylogenetic signal of positive selection in the past also show evidence of ongoing positive selection at the population level. We address this issue using vomeronasal receptors (VRs), a diverse gene family in mammals involved in intraspecific communication and predator detection. In mouse lemurs, we previously demonstrated that both subfamilies of VRs (V1Rs and V2Rs) show a strong signal of directional selection in interspecific analyses...
January 21, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081528/rapid-decrease-in-populations-of-wild-ring-tailed-lemurs-lemur-catta-in-madagascar
#17
Marni LaFleur, Tara A Clarke, Kim Reuter, Toby Schaeffer
Lemurs are the most threatened group of mammals on earth. Lemur catta (ring-tailed lemur) represents one of the most iconic lemur species and faces numerous anthropogenic threats in the wild. In this study, we present population estimates from 32 sites across the range of L. catta, collected from primary and secondary data sources, to assess the number of ring-tailed lemurs left in the wild. We estimate that there are approximately 2,220 individual L. catta remaining in the 32 sites considered. We note local extinctions of populations of L...
2016: Folia Primatologica; International Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079085/endangered-species-illegal-lemur-trade-grows-in-madagascar
#18
Kim E Reuter, Marni LaFleur, Tara A Clarke
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 11, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054342/diversity-of-photoreceptor-arrangements-in-nocturnal-cathemeral-and-diurnal-malagasy-lemurs
#19
Leo Peichl, Alexander Kaiser, Felix Rakotondraparany, Richard R Dubielzig, Steven M Goodman, And Peter M Kappeler
The lemurs of Madagascar (Primates: Lemuriformes) are a monophyletic group that has lived in isolation from other primates for about 50 million years. Lemurs have diversified into species with diverse daily activity patterns and correspondingly different visual adaptations. We assessed the arrangements of retinal cone and rod photoreceptors in six nocturnal, three cathemeral and two diurnal lemur species and quantified different parameters in six of the species. The analysis revealed lower cone densities and higher rod densities in the nocturnal than in the cathemeral and diurnal species...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040547/lemur-tyrosine-kinase-2-lmtk2-is-a-determinant-of-cell-sensitivity-to-apoptosis-by-regulating-the-levels-of-the-bcl2-family-members
#20
Annalisa Conti, Maria Teresa Majorini, Enrico Fontanella, Alberto Bardelli, Mauro Giacca, Domenico Delia, Miguel Mano, Daniele Lecis
Using a high-throughput approach, we identified lemur tyrosine kinase 2 (LMTK2) as a novel determinant of cell sensitivity to TRAIL. LMTK2 is a poorly characterized serine/threonine kinase believed to play a role in endosomal membrane trafficking and neuronal physiology, and recently found to be mutated in diverse tumor types. We show that LMTK2 silencing sensitizes immortalized epithelial cells and cancer cells to TRAIL, and this phenomenon is accompanied by changes in the expression of BCL2 family members...
December 29, 2016: Cancer Letters
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